Hurricane Matthew Begins To Turn
Hurricane Matthew Begins To Turn
Completed Counterclockwise Loop
Warnings Up For Jamaica
Hurricane Matthew did a counterclockwise loop this afternoon and you can follow it along as long as the eye remains visible on the water vapor loop. It may be getting ready to move northwestward toward Jamaica and Haiti. Also reconnaissance reports show that pressures have fallen from 946 mb to 940 mb in the last few hours. We will see if this is the beginning of another round of strengthening or just a normal fluctuation.
..HURRICANE WARNING ISSUED FOR JAMAICA AND MUCH OF HAITI... ...MATTHEW EXPECTED TO BRING LIFE-THREATENING RAINFALL TO PORTIONS OF HAITI... SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...13.5N 73.4W ABOUT 360 MI...580 KM SSW OF PORT AU PRINCE HAITI ABOUT 385 MI...620 KM SE OF KINGSTON JAMAICA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...150 MPH...240 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 315 DEGREES AT 3 MPH...6 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...940 MB...27.76 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: The government of Jamaica has issued a Hurricane Warning for Jamaica. A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Haiti from the southern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Haiti from east of Le Mole St. Nicholas to the northern border with the Dominican Republic. The Meteorological Service of Cuba has issued a Hurricane Watch for eastern Cuba from the province of Camaguey southeastward to the province of Guantanamo. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Hurricane Warning is in effect for... * Jamaica * Haiti from the southern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * Haiti from east of Le Mole St. Nicholas to the northern border with the Dominican Republic * Cuba from Camaguey province to Guantanamo province Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola and in the Bahamas should monitor the progress of Matthew. A Hurricane Watch could be needed for portions of the Bahamas tonight or Sunday. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm- force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 13.5 North, longitude 73.4 West. Matthew is currently drifting toward the northwest near 3 mph (6 km/h), and a slow northwestward motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the north-northwest with an increase in forward speed are expected Sunday, followed by a turn toward the north on Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday. Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km). The latest minimum central pressure based on data from the aircraft is 940 mb (27.76 inches).
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